My big news for now? I pinned my first personal product from Etsy to Pinterest today! :-)
I have been trying to do that since I signed up for Pinterest but didn't get it figured out. Etsy has a pin on the product listings (now) so I went ahead and figured it out. Will do more later. This is going to be fun when I really get going.
The other thing I wanted to share was an INC Magazine post at Facebook or in one of my emails. It said our attention spans have gone down to 8 seconds, and a goldfish has a span of 9 seconds. What does that say!!!! The article also said that, if you are marketing, only plan on the first 5 seconds to get your viewer's attention. It's going to be a fast and furious Christmas season on TV! Maybe on other media, too.
I was reading about international selling and delivery issues at Etsy this morning. It seems like a real mine field. I hope I do OK when it finally gets to that point. Some sellers said that packages can be stuck in customs for a very long time, not get delivered, get sent back, etc. Trying to adjust for all those shipping problems causes money problems... refunds, complaints, appeals, etc. I hope I can keep some money in my accounts until each sale is finalized. I think that will take some kind of recordkeeping for international sales. I need to learn the limits for each site I use: Etsy, PayPal, eBay, fiverr, banks, and whatever ones come up.
I consider Etsy a home business, a way to create online income and build a presence for the future. I am not sure how to prepare for my death. I have been looking through some materials on getting things ready for that day. I am trying to make a list of all my website affiliations and their passwords for the ones who take care of all that after I am gone. It is a long list. There are legal issues I haven't learned yet. What happens at a place like Etsy? I haven't read about that yet.
Still desperately need GOD to intervene on my behalf in a number of issues. Please continue to pray for me. Money is a tool, or it is a weapon. I hope to use it as a tool for GOD's work and His people.